Fighting trafficking with your wallet

Purchasing products from companies that are working to prevent trafficking in their product line is one way to fight trafficking. The End Slavery Now Slave Free Buying Guide says, "One of the most impactful ways normal, everyday people can get involved in the fight against modern-day slavery and human trafficking is to begin purchasing slavery-free goods. When scaled, these purchases create demand for goods produced with audited, slavery-free labor; simultaneously, this shift also shrinks the market for goods produced with forced or slave labor and/or by trafficked humans."

Here are some examples of ratings from the buying guide:

  • Best: Divine Chocolate Limited, Equal Exchange, Theo Chocolate
  • Better: Lindt & Sprunglii, Mondelez International
  • Good: Nestle S.A., Ferrero, The Hershey Company, Mars Inc.

Home Goods:

  • Best: Ten Thousand Villages, SERRV International
  • Better: West Elm, The Fair Trade Furniture Company, Boll & Branch
  • Good: IKEA

Learn more and download the buying guide HERE.

Happy shopping!

Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit 


Upcoming training opportunity for teachers and other adults that work with young people

What: Presented by the Skagit County CSEC Task Force, this free 3-hour training will provide the foundation for the what, who, how, and why of commercial sexual exploitation of children and ways to respond. Participants will leave understanding current relevant state and federal law, will practice and consider approaches to supporting these youth, and will be provided with a list of some community resources.

Option 1
June 16, 2017 - Noon to 3pm
Where: Skagit Valley Co-Op, 202 South 1st St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273 - Room 309
Sign Up Link:

Option 2
 August 18, 2017 - Noon to 3pm
Where: Burlington Public Library, 820 E Washington Ave, Burlington, WA 98233
Sign Up Link

Note: A mid-April training filled shortly after becoming available.  It is recommended that you reserve your seat at the June or August training now!


Monday, March 20th was the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

The anti-trafficking group, Ending Slavery, suggests celebrating the changing of the seasons by changing your cleaning products to fair trade and eco-friendly options.  They say, "Check out the range of products made by Clean and Fair, the first company in the world to offer fair trade and eco-friendly cleaning products. You can find more information about Clean and Fair here." 



Hope4Justice public meetings
are from 7-8:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Engedi Learning Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  (From Wiser Lake roundabout head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the right and toward the back)